Fire alarm systems are incredibly important in any type of occupied building as its purpose is to alert the occupants of a hazard and the right system could potentially save lives. It’s also important to understand the differences between different fire alarm systems.
Automatic versus manual fire alarm systems
There are 2 different categories of fire alarms that you can have in a commercial space: manual or automatic. When automatic alarms detect heat or smoke, they send an audio-visual alert throughout the building to alert the occupants of danger. Manual fire alarms will have pull stations stationed around the building. When a fire is seen or smelled by one of the employees, they simply pull the leveller and alert the occupants. Manual alarms come in a variety of designs and colours.
Commercial fire alarm system types
There are different types of fire alarm as well as categories.
Conventional fire alarms include several different “zones” that are hardwired to the central control panel. These systems allow you to be able to put separate fire alarms in each section of your building and helps to monitor if an alarm is broken.
Addressable fire alarms
These fire alarms can also be known as intelligent systems. This is because they monitor the fire alarms within your building. Addressable alarms allow you to choose between automatic and manual alarms. The alarms that are installed in this system have their own address, which allows visibility to see which alarm is working and which are failing. These fire alarms are more expensive due to the monitoring features.
Hybrid fire alarms
These alarms combine the hardwired zone features of conventional fire alarms with the addressable loops of the addressable fire alarms into a single panel. This combined technology fits some of the settings better than either the addressable or the conventional alarm.